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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston...
This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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As a local I have always wanted to explore the harbor islands and finally did. George's Island is great for this history buffs. It's a trip back in time exploring Fort Warren... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

As a local I have always wanted to explore the harbor islands and finally did. George's Island is great for this history buffs. It's a trip back in time exploring Fort Warren. The rangers were great. Peddocks Island also a great take. Unfortunately the chapel is not open to the public. I heard it recently under went a restoration. I... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Saw these from a sunset cruise on a tall ship. Very natural and pristine and calming from a hectic day. Highly recommend for nature lovers.

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Hull, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Catch the boat from Boston to George's Iskand and explore a Civil War Fort. Then climb aboard a water taxi and explore numerous other islands in Boston Harbor including Pedock's which also has remnants of war buildings and the ride brings you close to Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse in the country. Allow plenty of time to explore this MA... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

George and Spectacle Island. This was a real treat. Great boat ride, and tranquil, peaceful, and a wonderful view of Boston. Spectacle Island was a real surprise, ...this paradise was once a garbage dump. It is a tribute to the people who brought this about and made it so very special. I suggest it to any Bostonian, as well as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

You can't go wrong with the Boston Harbor. It is such a beautiful site to see. If you get a chance, take a short cruise around the harbor. Its a great way to see the city skyline from the water. I would recommend doing a whale watching tour as well if you have time. well worth it!!

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Nice boat trip to and from islands. We missed out on the views because of fog, bit enjoyed the trip nonetheless. Informative tour of the fort on George's Island. There were also entertaining historical reenactments.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I looked at a lot of boat tours and such when I was researching Boston. You can spend Big Bucks! If you want to spend some time out on the water, and visit someplace out of the city I recommend taking the island shuttle boats to Spectacle Island, and Georges Island in the B.H.I National Recreation Area. The shuttles are... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Love my day there amazing day at Boston Harbor many activites for family friend or couple duck cruise etc...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I've lived in Boston for several years and have always wanted to visit some of the Boston Harbor Islands - I wish that I had discovered them sooner! My husband and I purchased tickets for the 1 pm ferry to Georges Island online with the plan to "hop" over to Spectacle Island mid-way through the afternoon. I was impressed that... More 

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Weare, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We took one of the ferries that leaves from the Boston Aquarium. It was a beautiful ride and the Harbor and Islands were glimmering. I was unaware that there were islands and how beautiful they are. I would love to do it again!

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